Canadian Occupational Safety

March/April 2020

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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E D I T O R I A L MY mother-in-law, sister-in-law and best friend are all teachers. Needless to say, it really hit home for me when I started seeing media reports popping up about the violence that educators experience on a daily basis. Initially, I assumed it was just a problem in certain schools in certain parts of the country; however, statistics, anecdotes and union campaigns have emerged from all across Canada stating that this is a widespread problem. I was shocked to hear about the Kevlar teachers and educational assistants are wearing and the harassment and derogatory comments they are facing — and even more shocked at the fact that the vast majority of this treatment is coming from students. It's clear we have a real problem here. As all safety professionals know, violence in the workplace is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, this lesson does not seem to be getting through to a lot of school boards, or even teachers themselves who believe this treatment is "just part of the job." I understand the students' education is the priority, but they won't be learning much if their teachers are constantly off work with injuries or mental health issues stemming from violence and harassment on the job. A lot of the necessary changes need to come from the government level with more funding for student supports, but there is a lot that safety professionals, administrators and school boards can do in the meantime. Read more on page 26. I recently sat down with a panel of employment lawyers from across the country to find out what cases were the most significant for safety professionals from 2019. It's hard to keep up with the constant changes and ensuring you are not just protecting your workers but protecting your organization, too, so I hope this roundup on page 19 can help shine some light on the key issues. You will no doubt notice that this magazine looks different — the Key Media team has been hard at work to bring you a fresher, cleaner COS. We've also dedicated more pages to fines and penalties, products and services and the industry profile (formerly the up close column). I hope you like the facelift! Lastly, this is my final issue of COS before embarking on the new, very exciting journey of being a mother. My husband and I are expecting our first child — a baby girl — shortly after this issue goes to press. I have to admit it is very strange to step away from this publication for an entire year — which some would argue I treated as my first baby! — but I am beyond thrilled to meet our daughter and start this next chapter. In my absence, Maia Foulis will be taking over as editor of COS. I'm sure she will take good care of the publication as she is eager to learn all about the safety industry and get to know you, our valued reader. She can be reached at I hope the following year treats you all well and I cannot thank you enough for welcoming me into your safety community and helping me learn the ropes over the past 6.5 years. Take care and stay safe, Amanda Silliker, editor, Canadian Occupational Safety Being schooled on violence Contents of Canadian Occupational Safety are copyright © 2020 HAB Press Limited and may not be reproduced in whole or part without written consent. HAB Press Limited disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the contents of this publication and disclaims all liability in respect of the results of any action taken or not taken in reliance upon information in this publication. 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